3 Easy Ornaments to Make With Your Preschooler


My daughter is really into creating things right now (especially if there are scissors, paint and glue involved). I wanted to let her help me make some fun new ornaments for the tree this year. Since we already have multiple hand print and salt dough ornaments from years past so I decided to go another direction. I invited two other friends with craft-loving 3 year olds to come over and bring the materials for an ornament of their choosing.

Here are the three ornaments our kids created with a little help from the moms.

Ornament #1: Popsicle Stick Reindeer



  • 3 popsicle sticks
  • Googly eyes
  • Red pompom
  • Ribbon
  • Brown craft paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Glue


  • Paint tops of 3 popcicle sticks with brown paint, let dry.
  • Glue sticks together (top stick should be below the ends of the other two to make them look like antlers)
  • Attach googley eyes and pompom nose.
  • Attach ribbon to the back using the glue.

Ornament #2: Tin Can Ornament



  • Tin can lid (use a no sharp edges can opener)
  • Sequins and rhinestones (we went with a blue/silver/snowflake theme but there are endless options!)
  • Glue
  • Ribbon


  • Apply a generous layer of glue to the surface of the can lid.
  • Place various sequins and rhinestones on the glue
  • Let dry and then attach ribbon to the back using glue (or if you are good with tools you can drill a hole for the ribbon instead)

Ornament #3: Rippin and Snippin Ornament (from the Toddler Approved blog)



  • Mod Podge
  • Chipboard ornament
  • Scissors
  • Paint brush
  • Holiday wrapping paper


  • Use scissors to snip or fingers to rip the wrapping paper into small pieces
  • Paint top of ornament with mod podge
  • Stick pieces of wrapping paper on the ornament
  • Snip off any pieces of wrapping paper that hang over the edge
  • Apply another coat of mod podge over the wrapping paper to seal it.

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